Prostate Cancer Treatment Options: Choose What's Right for You

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What is Prostate Cancer?

Dr. Larry Bans and Dr. Lanceford Chong have selected several questions to answer. Please click on the links to the right or below to see viewers' questions and Drs. Bans and Chong’s video recorded responses.

Jonathan G from Burlington, VT

Is the EPCA-2 test better than the psa test? How does the EPCA-2 test relate to the need for a biopsy? View response.

Jim R from Rockton Illinois

I have just been told I have a very non aggressive Prostate Cancer. Should I just keep a watchful eye on this? View response.

Ron from Pa

My PSA level has been from 1.9 to 2.70 for 8 years. I am 79. Recently it was 3.22, an increase of 0.52 from last year. My Urologist wanted to do a biopsy. I was reluctant. Is this increase of 0.52 in one year really that significant? View response.

James C from Los Angeles, Ca

How long will Hormone Therapy extend one life, that has a high PSA? View response.

Ray from Massachusetts

I have heard that needle biopsies pose a risk of spreading the disease through needle tacking? Explain? I was told to avoid needle biopsies and have an MRI-S instead, as the MRI-S creates a GPS like map of the prostate gland. View response.

Felipe from Maryland

I was told by my doctor that my Gleason Grade was 8 and I'm scheduled for surgery Feb 1, 2012. Is this to far out and shoul I be taking any sort of treatment? View response.

Sandie C from Bend Oregon

My husband was told he has a 20 percent chance of having prostate cancer and has a biopsy appontment for November 14,2011.Should we try to get it done sooner?? And next question is he has been having lower back pain could he have cancer in his back?? View response.

Ralph from New York

I had prostate cancer 10 years ago. I had 39 treatments of radiation and a implant for one year (Viadur-leuprolide acetate). psa has remained low. I have hot flastes every day.. no one can help can any one help me ? View response.

Earl from Alabama

what are the most serious side effect of radiation for treatment of prostate cancer and how many treatments are usually required. Thanks View response.

Harold from Atlanta, GA

I am 57 years old and my PSA has been rising from 2.7 to 3.2. My free PSA is 10.5 percent. There is no family history of prostate CA. Should I proceed with a biopsy, MRI and bone scan? View response.

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Biographies

  • Larry Bans, MDLarry Bans, MD

    Dr. Bans is an experienced urologist and a prostate cancer survivor. Board certified in urology, Dr. Bans has been practicing medicine in the Phoenix area since 1983. He has been peer-selected as a top doctor in PHOENIX magazine for several years and has served as the National Medical Director of Sports Legends Prostate Cancer Projects.

  • Lanceford Chong, MD, MPHLanceford Chong, MD, MPH

    Dr. Chong serves as Chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Arizona. Board certified in radiation oncology, he has more than 20 years of experience as a radiation oncologist.

Resources

  • Personalized & Integrated Prostate Cancer Treatment/></a>
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    Our cancer experts fight prostate cancer with advanced medical treatments and help patients experience a better quality of life. For example, we use highly targeted radiation therapies to kill tumors, spare healthy tissue and minimize sexual and urinary side effects. And we anticipate and manage side effects from the start of treatment, using supportive therapies to help men cope.

  • Prostate Cancer Treatment Statistics & Results

    Prostate Cancer Treatment Statistics & Results
    We publish our patient survival rates, along with quality of life, patient loyalty, and speed of care results for prostate cancer.

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